What’s on at Dulwich Festival, 13-22 May 2022 – full list – Brixton Buzz
The Dulwich Festival returns in May with a full lineup of live events for the first time in three years, restoring community ties in a celebration of the arts across the borough and beyond.
Now in its 29th year, the festival has taken the themes of regeneration and awakening as inspiration for this year’s program as the community comes together once again. 40 events will be offered to the public, including several free, presenting a diversified artistic program; music; Literature; comedy; walk and talk.
Opening the festival and in a welcome return to live performance, the Dulwich Festival Chorus evening will be hosted by East Dulwich favorites Tongue and Groove. They are joined by Vocallective and The Wrablers, classic pop fans born out of a misspelling!
Other musical highlights include former BBC Young Musician piano winner Cordelia Williams; an organ recital at Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich, with award-winning London Oratory organist Ben Bloor and visitors can try out the classical organ, which dates from 1760, in a guided session led by Marilyn Harper , chapel organist.
For jazz lovers, there is a series of jazz club nights including award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Tony Kofi and The Organisation; Regulars of Ronnie Scott, Camina Banda and the Harlem Meer Cats. Formed for the Dulwich Festival in 2015, this 6-piece band now plays at many of the country’s top jazz events, recreating the music heard at New York’s Cotton Club in the late 1920s to early 1940s.
License to Ceilidh, London’s top ceilidh band, are back mixing traditional ceilidh tunes and dances with a fun, modern rhythm section and Under the Tree features an eclectic range of music and spoken word from outstanding local talent , led by popular poet, David Nieta. Jam Sandwich features local musicians in an evening of musical discovery, real talk and community.
The Festival welcomes the return of the Artists Open Day, which takes place on both weekends, when an impressive 400 local artists will open their homes and studios to the public, offering personal dialogue and insight into their work. . From fine art and crafts and ceramics, to photography and prints, sculpture, street art and recycling, there is an art form for everyone to enjoy.
Bell House will host a curated show exploring the meaning of ‘green’; Former fashion designer turned sculptor Nicole Farhi will exhibit her ‘Womankind’ collection at Dulwich Prep London and the Dulwich Picture Gallery will open for free.
The HandleBards will perform a hilarious cycle production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and six of the most exciting names in comedy Fringe will come to Dulwich with previews of their brand new touring shows ahead of this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe in the Comedy Festival Club nights. With Live At The Apollo’s Sara Barron, After Life’s Colin Hoult (Netflix), Sophie Duker of Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Starstruck & Feel Good’s Tessa Coates, Jake Farrell of Penguin’s Edinburgh
Fringe Unlocked and Rajiv Karia (writer for Have I Got News For You). Laughter will also be on the menu at local cafe Peace and Riot as they host a comedy night, Nice n’ Spiky and there will be laughter therapy sessions by Laughing John at the Oru Space, East Dulwich.
A series of informative festival walks include; a stroll through the mid-century oasis, admiring the 1960s architecture of Dulwich; a Who’s Who In Dulwich walk, featuring famous former residents brought to life by local actors; walk in the trees; Street Art Walk, highlighting the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery and From Ancients to Moderns Walk, celebrating public art and crafts from the local neighborhood, including the Bellenden renewal area.
Families can take advantage of many free events during the festival, including an Orchard Family Day in the village of Dulwich, organized by the London Wildlife Trust and the Dulwich Estate; the Dulwich Park Fair; Love West Dulwich Fair and Goose Green Fair with the return of its beloved donkeys.
Up-and-coming artists can enter the Children’s Art Competition and this year all works will be on display in the beautiful surroundings of Belair House.
The Illusioneer Art of Magic Family Show will feature a collection of puzzles, illusions and magic for the whole family; The South London Symphonic Winds promise plenty of musical fun in a family celebration and the festival’s youth concert will celebrate the musical talents of local school children.
The Musical Fairytale Forest, by the artistic team at Beanstalks, presents a multi-sensory musical journey for children with SEND and their families.
Among authors exploring their latest books; Clare Chambers presents her highly acclaimed novel, Small Pleasures, which was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, 2021; acclaimed novelist Monica Ali talks to former book award judge John Mullan about Love Marriage; Melissa Hemsley, best-selling author of Eat Happy and Eat Green, will discuss her Feel Good cookbook with Guardian food writer Felicity Cloake; and Louise Candlish, author of Our House and Abigail Dean, author of Girl A,
discuss their journey in detective writing. Our house was recently turned into an ITV drama series featuring many familiar locations in East Dulwich!
The Dulwich Festival continues to be an engaging platform for discussion. Ella Berthoud will lead a bibliotherapy workshop – conscious reading; Creative Coach, Deborah Henry Pollard, will discuss how to launch those artistic next steps in a crowdsourced workshop, Big Vision, Little Steps and former fast fashion designers, Jodi Muter and Tahlee Johnson, will discuss eco-sustainability and fast fashion.
On another hot topic, multi-award-winning social entrepreneur Laverne Hunt and Cannes World Film Best Documentary Maker 2021 winner Dez Mighty will present their short film on the impact of confinement on children and discuss how to build resilience.
In Hells Bells with Brian Green, the local Dulwich historian will tell the extraordinary story of the fate of the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s world-class collection of Old Master paintings during World War II. Alongside Brian, Dr Johannes Hell, a Rembrandt expert, will discuss the restoration and the key role Bell House played in bringing these images back to Dulwich.
The Dulwich Festival would not be possible without the support of local sponsors and the commitment of many volunteers. This year, the team of Truepenny’s Property Consultants is the main partner of the festival.
To join the volunteer team, please email [email protected]
Booking is highly recommended for all Festival events, which tend to sell out before the Festival itself, please visit the website for all information.
Dulwich Festival May 13-22, 2022
Check out the full lineup on the festival website or download the 16-page PDF file, or browse the events via the categories below: